Sculptures of Gem-Encrusted Pharmaceuticals Imagine Healthcare as a Luxury Item

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It’s strange — and striking — to see prescription bottles and blister packs encrusted in Swarovski crystals, and pills instead of gemstones set in rings. But, as the artist Judith G. Klausner writes, “In a country where (despite a long and protracted political battle) many of our citizens still don’t have access to affordable medical care, our medications are often a major expense. Individual pills can cost as much as precious gems.” As well as a visual representation of the healthcare crisis, her series Coming Out of the Medicine Cabinet (spotted via Junk Culture) is a plea to end the secrecy and shame surrounding medical issues.

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner

Image credit: Judith G. Klausner